Exploring Nature: A Guidebook on Activity Based Nature Study

Here’s a wonderful find for you from the amazing Arvind Gupta website! Exploring Nature: A guidebook on activity based nature study, by Shri Nikhil Mohan Pattnaik and Smt. Pushpashree Pattnaik was originally written for students in India, but much of it can be adapted for young learners in any part of the globe. It attempts to “present simple activities to enthuse people in thinking afresh about the environment around them. The experiments/activities described in the book do not require expensive equipment and anyone with inquisitive and sensitive mind can carry out these experiments. These are an outcome of years of practical studies and experiments by the authors and their dedicated group. This book would prove useful to children, teachers and also those engaged in science dissemination.”

While you may not live in a climate like India, there are still lots of fascinating hands-on activities and experiments to glean here. And it is fun to see what kids in other countries do in their own nature studies. Check it out! Highly recommended!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

The Amazing Handwriting Worksheet Maker


This is VERY cool! Make your own customized PRINT, D’NEALIAN or CURSIVE handwriting practice worksheets using the “Amazing – Incredible Handwriting Worksheet Maker”. All you do is type your content and change letter size, color and line color, then print them out as needed. Very easy to use, useful and fun tool for your handwriting / copywork lessons!

Click here to go to the site!

The No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide

If you have a student who Is interested in getting their ham radio license, The No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide by Dan Romanchik (PDF) is a terrific, short study guide on everything they’ll need to pass their tech license test. Highly recommended for ham radio enthusiasts.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

Mensa for Kids


The Mensa foundation’s mensaforkids.org website has a wonderful collection of downloadable lesson plans for gifted elementary and middle school age kids that stimulate creative problem solving and learning. Some of the topics in their lesson plan library: Probability, Budgeting, Classifying Animals, The Art of Storytelling, Eclipses, Superheroes, Greek Mythology, and many more.

Click here to go to the website!

Planning and Organizing for Homeschool Success

Marianne at HomeschoolingWithDyslexia.com has written extensively on planning, prioritizing, scheduling, and troubleshooting a homeschool – and has put all her posts and articles on one easy to navigate page. It’s a great resource hub to help you assess your own homeschooling strengths and weaknesses, and is helpful for planning out the rest of your school year. This is not just for families with dyslexic students – these resources would be helpful for all homeschoolers.

“Having a smoothly running, productive homeschool doesn’t just happen though. It takes a few hours of effort every quarter or so to refocus on your priorities and realign your schedule and curriculum to that focus. I created this page to include all of my planning and organizing posts so that they can be accessed in one easy place.”

Click here to go to the website!

The Pearl Story Book – Winter, Christmas & New Year’s Tales


A wonderful vintage collection of classic stories, poems and folk legends of Winter, Christmas and New Year’s Day – perfect for reading aloud during this month and next.

From the introduction: “Once upon a time,” in the winter season suggests happy, young faces grouped about a blazing fire. A heavy snowstorm promises plenty of sport for tomorrow, but at present the coziness indoors is very attractive, especially now that the evening story hour is at hand. And while the story-teller is slowly choosing his subjects he hears the children’s impatient whispers of “The Snow Man,” “Prince Winter,” “The Legend of Holly,” “The Animals’ Christmas Tree.”

Silence! The story-teller turns his eyes from the glowing fire to the faces of his eager audience. He is ready to begin.

Each season of the year opens a treasury of suggestion for stories. In the beauty and wonder of nature are excellent themes for tales which quicken children’s interest in the promise of joyous springtime, in the rich pageantry of ripening summer, in the blessings of generous autumn, and in the merry cheer of grim old winter.

A wonderful variety of poems and readings for story telling!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.


Christmas with Mother Goose

Christmas with Mother Goose (PDF e-comic book)
Here’s a delightful vintage collection of Christmas comic book stories for young at heart readers of all ages, by the incomparable Walt Kelly! Again featuring the classic Mother Goose characters in some truly classic children’s comics and poems – very funny and well written, with some of the best artwork ever done for young children’s comics. Don’t miss it!

To download this PDF comic book, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save as” to your computer.
(It’s a big file… 22 megs, so allow a little time for it to download.)

The First New England Christmas

“The First New England Christmas: A Story of Life in the Colonies” by Stone & Frickett (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this excellent short story of the first Christmas in New England, in the year 1620. If you’ve been curious as to how the early Pilgrims celebrated Christmas, read this – you may be surprised at what you discover!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

The Christmas of 1776

The Christmas of 1776: A Young Maiden’s Story by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this delightful short story of a young girl’s Christmas experiences during the tumultuous time of the American Revolution, taken from the book “A Last Century Maiden” by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. Lots of fascinating history and details of old-time holiday celebrations make this story a great read-aloud for the whole family! Check it out!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

The Heart of Christmas – 3 short stories

The Heart of Christmas (PDF ebook)

We’ve got a great collection of classic Christmas-season stories coming your way this week! We know you’ll enjoy these heart-warming tales (and your kiddos might even learn something from them)!

Our friend Amy Puetz Fox, owner of Golden Prairie Press, has just released this lovely ebook containing three vintage Christmas-themed stories that are perfect for family read-alouds. The stories in this ebook are “The Tell Tale Tile” by Olive Thorne Miller, “A Crust on Christmas Day” by Tom Hood, and “Fifty Cents Short” by M. A. L. Lane. All three are a delight. (A signup to Amy’s email list is required to download the ebook – and it’s well worth it.)

CLICK HERE to go to the sign up page!

Build-Your-Own Marshmallow Guns

One of our kids’ favorite toys growing up were their homemade marshmallow guns. They had wars all over our back yard, the woods, and indoors with these crazy things. These are great fun, more-or-less safe (I’d suggest sunglasses for eye protection from flying marshmallows), and an inexpensive do-it-yourself project. These are the same PVC toys that are sold online and in some stores for $8-$12.


Blogger TennZen from Tennessee recently posted some very good, detailed instructions for building these right here. (Be sure to also check out other posts on her blog for several additional “holidays on a budget” ideas. There are some good ones there!)

Next, here is a funny downloadable PDF from Instructables.com that also shows how these are built. Click here

These are fun projects for your kids to make, and great gifts too, as long as you are patient and adventurous enough to handle miniature marshmallows flying all around the house and yard. Enjoy!

Everyday Arithmetic

Everyday Arithmetic (PDF ebook) – This is a CLASSIC early 20th century math text for middle grades that very effectively applies arithmetic to everyday activities such as shopping, cooking, telling time, building projects, household concerns, sports activities, camping, and much more. It is full of interesting interesting word problems and neat illustrations – plus some great math exercises and quizzes. Definitely a “living book” as far as math texts go, and worth your checking out! Originally written for grades 5 – 6, but the material could be used for other middle grades as well.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your pc. Mac users: press the “control” key and then click the link and save to your mac.

A Day With Charles Dickens

A Day With Charles Dickens (PDF ebook)

Want a unique way to learn about the life and work of one of the greatest authors in English literature? Let’s follow him around through a typical day’s work!

In this short, easily read book, we spend a typical day with Dickens as he went about his home life, writing and workday. A fascinating vintage book that provides many intriguing insights into the life and work of Mr. Dickens!

To download today’s PDF resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer! (2 mb PDF file)

Everyday Life in the Colonies

coloniesEveryday Life in the Colonies by Gertrude Stone and M. Grace Fickett (PDF ebook)

Here’s a wonderful classic “living book” about what it was like to live in colonial America. Each chapter is actually a separate story, following young boys and girls through their daily life as it would have been during that time. Included are chapters about ordinary activities such as candlemaking, letter writing, schoolwork, telling time and celebrating the Christmas season, as well as some exciting stories of Indian encounters. Great “living history”!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

The Manual of Mathematical Magic

Mathematics and magic may seem a strange combination, but many of the most powerful magical effects performed today have a mathematical basis. Math is also the secret behind the technologies we use, the products we buy and the jobs we do.

The Manual of Mathematical Magic is packed full of magical miracles to impress and entertain your friends. The secrets behind street magic, close-up and stage tricks are explained clearly with instructions and videos to help you perform them perfectly. Then you can learn about the math behind the trick and discover how that same mathematics is used to power our modern world and numerous careers.

Talk about “hands on” math… this fascinating guide is a great learning (and fun) resource for students grade 6 and up.

Click here to go to the download page.